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the thermostat by
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How do I know if my home needs or will benefit by a Home Energy Audit? - Click here for the answers.
First and foremost we do not perform "FREE" Home Energy Audits, nor do sell products or additional
services. This keeps us honest. Most of us know by now nothing is free. Many other companies out there are
claiming you will receive a "Free Home Energy Audit" - not true, you are getting a sales pitch for other services
and products and the cost of the "Free Home Energy Audit" are built in. These free Home Energy Audits are
geared towards the products and services they sell. The entire Home Energy Audit is nothing more than a sales
pitch. These "free" Home Energy Audits are not unbiased nor completely honest - not surprisingly they will find
the areas your home is lacking in that just happens to be what they sell.
If your Home Energy Audit does not include BOTH a Blower Door Test and Infrared or Thermal Imaging
you should immediately be suspect. Without BOTH of these of these being performed there is truly no
way to truly access your home.
One clue is when they require that the person holding the purse strings or responsible for financial decisions be
When they offer financing as though they are doing you a favor - this should be a BIG RED FLAG, you cannot
spend your way into savings paying interest rates on a loan.
Enough said about supposedly free Home Energy Audits - you get the picture. If you still opt for the free Home
Energy Audit, than the caveat "Buyer Beware" holds true here.
If you are contemplating a home purchase, go to our page for Homebuyers, do not make the same the
dotted line - they decided to throw caution to the wind, afterall how bad could it be - well...they are now
spending $600.00/month since November to heat their home. Well with 6 months of heating in New
England that is $3600.00 annually and oil prices are relatively low now. What will happen when oil
goes back up, which we all know it will. For comparisons sake my heating costs for an entire winter for
a 4,200 sq.ft. home will be $1,503.29. The home I mentioned is only 2,500 sq.ft. Of course their real
estate agent didn't even recommend a Home Energy Audit be done - why would he/she they are simply
looking for the commission. Had they know the issues up front and what it would cost to make their
home more energy efficient they certainly could have negotiated for a lower sale price. This was a very
expensive lesson for this couple.
I am always asked this question? When is the best time of year to have a Home Energy Audit
performed? The answer is now. It is late winter - finally - and spring is approaching. Now is the best time,
because springtime and fall are the best times to perform the tasks you must to make your home more energy
efficient. If you are a DIYer you do not want to have to trek through knee high snow and work in a freezing attic
space. The same is true of summer as you do not want to work in a sweltering attic space. More importantly it is
the best time so you don't have to dread another winter with those energy dollars flying out of your house -
literally. I highly suspect by next winter we will be seeing oil prices back between $3.00 and $4.00/gallon and if
you are unfortunate enough to heat with propane you rarely see price breaks. If you put it off like you did last
year.....well you now know how that worked out and procrastination never solves the problem. So to answer that
question - Now is the best time for your Home Energy Audit, but we do perform Home Energy Audits year-round.
Well oil prices are on the rise again. On MondayFebruary 2, 2015 I paid $2.10/gallon for oil and a mere
increase of a couple of dollars on the price of oil has the same company charging $2.35/gallon, 4 days later.
Ridiculous I know, but it is going to affect your household budget as it increases again. You can't do anything
about the price of oil but you can reduce your consumption and save money by making your home more energy
efficient. Everyone kind of put that on the back burner as the price of oil decreased, but lessons of the past
should have you realizing low prices were not going to last forever.
If you believe your home is energy efficient here is an experiment you should try - if you dare. We did this for one
week in our own home and we are going to continue it, to see what energy savings we realize. We noted the
temperature when we went to bed and turned off the heat ENTIRELY in our home. We noted the overnight
entirely, etc. See information below. If you do this experiment we would be interested in knowing your results.
We know our home is energy efficient as we have worked on this for 10 years and paid particular attention when
building our large addition and any subsequent remodeling. We did this gradually and without taking out any
loans by prioritizing where our greatest savings would be and working down the list. We did use a heated
mattress pad to ensure we warm enough throughout the night and with that we never even noticed the lower
house temperatures. For the record a lot less energy dollars are used with the heated mattress pad.
Heating Oil prices are at a five year low, but none of us are naive enough to believe this will last, because they
will not. The savings you are realizing with these lower heating costs now, should be put into home repairs that
will make your home more energy efficient when those heating oil costs go back to their higher prices which they
certainly will. Homeowners have been given a reprieve, but that is all. While heating fuel costs are lower, they
are still not cheap by any measure, therefore you should continue with those cost-saving measures to save on
This brings up another subject, a question we hear from many homeowners. Apparently some heating fuel
companies are very good at fooling customers - like telling customers their heating fuel is better than another
companies. Oh really??? Not true, whether you use #2 heating oil, K-1, Propane, etc., they are all the same,
just make sure you use the correct fuel for your system. There is no reason to pay more for one companies
heating oil, because they are all the same. Just use newenglandoil.com to find the lowest price heating fuel that
your system uses. We had one elderly customer tell us she was paying (a lot) more using this companies #2
heating oil, because if she didn't it would void her service contract. She said the salesman told her their oil
would prevent condensation in her oil tank - baloney. Talk about taking advantage of customers. Bottom line,
buy the cheapest heating fuel you can as long as it from a well known, reputable company. Currently there is as
much as a $.30/gallon difference between some companies heating oils - buy the cheapest.
Energy Audit Me definitely does not sell any products or services to our clients. What we do is a complete Home
Energy Analysis basement to attic - exterior and interior, using state of the art equipment. Our Home Energy
Audit is completely unbiased, since we have no skin in the game. We inform our clients based on our
assessment, using our many years of experience and training along with a Blower Door test and Infrared
Imaging. Most importantly we have been providing this service since 2004, we have many years of field
experience behind us vs. a one week course that provides others with a certificate stating someone is now a
Home Energy Auditor. Beyond our actual field experience, we have continued to study, attend trainings and
conferences, seminars, etc.
We will present to the homeowner a report that prioritizes what their particular home needs to make your home
more energy efficient. This report will specify the payback in years for each particular task. Doing this allows the
homeowner to work down the list, working on the items that will save the most first. We also do not recommend
that you finance the work that needs to be done. How are you going to see savings when you are paying interest
on a loan? We believe homeowners should spend within their means. Everything does not need to be done at
once and it can be completed over a few years. Additionally many of these tasks can be preformed by the
homeowner themselves and if not, you usually do not need a high priced specialist as most home contractors
can do what is needed.
Yes, home heating costs are way down now, but I think we all know that will not last. Now is the time to purchase
your oil, but now is also the time to plan for much higher prices that will come once again, with a Home Energy
Audit. Those of you with propane should not soon forget what happened last year with extremely high prices and
If you are purchasing a home, foregoing a complete Home Energy Audit performed long before the closing,
just as you would a Home Inspection is nothing short of foolish. It is far better to know what you are getting into
before signing the documents. This can also give you leverage to have the home seller make price adjustments
due to the cost of work that must be performed to reduce excessively high heating costs. Make sure the
home seller discloses the actual heating costs for at least the last two years. Ask for their bills from their heating
fuel supplier. This is actually required in many states such as Maine (click here for Maine Real Estate Disclosure
Law). In New Hampshire and Massachusetts the disclosure of heating costs is not required. Even when it is
required it is almost impossible to prove as the home owner could be purchasing heating fuel from numerous
sources, especially if their heating costs are high and they know they will be selling. A home inspector is
generally not trained as a Home Energy Auditor.
Two other groups that would be highly advised to have a Home Energy Audit performed by Energy Audit Me are
those that are even thinking about the installation of a mini-split heat pump system. These systems simply
do not work well in homes that are under insulated or have a lot of air leakage throughout the home. Also those
thinking of installing radiant heat have the same issues. Do not wait until after these systems are installed to
find out why they are not working well. Additionally if you are considering a sizeable home addition or remodel
you would be foolish to undertake this without first having a Home Energy Audit performed.
- A Home or Residential Energy Audit can save you 20%-30% and higher on your heating costs.
- A Home Energy Audit can help you make substantial savings on your electricity bills.
- A Home Energy Audit can increase the comfort of your home.
- A Home Energy Audit can give you peace of mind.
- A Home Energy Audit can improve the air quality of your home.
- Reducing Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Starts at Home
- An Energy Efficient Home can give you the edge over other homes when selling.
What is a Professional Home Energy Audit?
Thorough Inspection of Your Home - Basement to Attic - Inside and Out
Blower Door Test - Tests for Air Leakage
Infrared Camera Examination (Thermal Image)-see our sample thermal images
Reported Estimated Costs "As Is" vs. Savings after improvements.
The average cost for heating oil last year was $3.60/gallon or $990.00 for a full tank. If you use 1,000 gallons/yr.
which is $3,600.00 annually. Saving 20% saves $720.00 per year. That is $720.00 you could spend making your
home more energy efficient and at the same time increasing your home's property value. By the way, 1,000 gallons of
heating oil is not normal. I have taken my own advice in my own home which is 4,200 sq. ft., half of which is an old
farm home w/the other half being a new addition. My heating expense for an average year is 300 gallons of oil and 3
tons of pellets. Using last years prices that is approximately $1,620.00 in heating fuel costs and that is with someone who
is 87 years old in my home. If you have ever lived with an elderly individual you know that it can be 87 degrees and
they are still cold!
ENERGY LOST=MONEY LOST
ENERGY SAVED=MONEY SAVED!!
The equation is really is that simple!!
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|NOT having a complete
Home Energy Audit
performed prior to closing
on your new home, is on
your new home, is taking
a big chance in very
foolish and you are NOT
knowing what your
heating costs could be.
This Home Energy Audit
MUST include a Blower
Door Test and Thermal
Imaging (Infrared Camera).
|Audit can be
performed any time of
year by those with
years of experience.
sign is a homebuilder's sign
selling energy efficient
homes. You don't have to sell
your home to have an energy
efficient home. A Home
Energy Audit can show you
how, besides who is going to
want to buy your current
home if it is an energy hog?
one hour following
delivery. This allows any
sludge that might be in your
tank that was disturbed
when the new oil was being
pumped in to settle to the